by Jonathan Baker - 319 Reviews - 185 List
You could spend weeks exploring the popular southern capital with as many identities as it has inhabitants--it's Georgia's most populated and many are transplants from around the country and world. The civil rights movement, Coca-Cola and the Braves all call Atlanta home and feature as top Atlanta sights. Whether you want to eat, drink, dance or just see the city, here are our top 10 Atlanta attractions.
Updated: July 25, 2011
There is no more iconic company associated with Atlanta than Coca-Cola. The sweet elixir was invented in the city, and the company still operates its worldwide headquarters here. The World of Coke not only gives you the history but allows you to sample weird (and sometimes gross) flavors of Coke from other countries. A win-win!
Yes, we know we should be telling folks to hit the Fox Theatre or the High Museum for culture, but this is just more fun (and, might we add, cooler). On Thursday nights, this Virginia Highland basement venue fills with yupsters donning sailor hats and boat shoes, all ready to shimmy and shake to Atlanta's tribute band champion, the Yacht Rock Review.
While the burger has become Atlanta's culinary mascot (see: Flip, Grindhouse, Yeah! Burger), none of them have the experience you get at Ann's Snack Bar. The 70-something-year-old Miss Ann is likened to the "soup nazi" from "Seinfeld"--she delivers her famous ?ghetto burger? only if you're polite and don't break her rules.
Martin Luther King Jr. is such an international and global icon, it would be easy to forget that he called Atlanta home. See the house where he grew up, the church where he preached and the exhibits in the visitor's center; it's an absolutely chilling experience.
With the beautiful Midtown skyline as a backdrop, Piedmont Park immediately conjures comparisons of New York's Central Park. Besides hosting festivals and outdoor movies, the park is dog-friendly, has fields, walking trails, a state-of-the-art aquatic center and, most importantly, plenty of room to spread out. It's one of the true crown jewels of Atlanta, and it's appreciated by the people who live here every day of the year.
Sure, hip-hop stars, a hard-partying club scene and strip clubs dot our night-scape, but if you want to get an eclectic nightlife experience, MJQ is the answer. Hipsters hit the late-night dance floor and urban break-dancers square off in side rooms while everything from live hip-hop to fuzzed-out noise-rock blasts from its music venue, Drunken Unicorn. MJQ is tough to categorize, but there's nothing else like it.
Not only did Georgia produce a president but a Democratic president at that! (Times have changed, huh?) While Jimmy Carter remains in Plains, teaching Sunday school and winning Nobel Peace Prizes, there is plenty to see and learn about the only Georgian president at the Carter complex.
If the Buckhead Diner defined Atlanta's dining scene in the 80s and 90s, Holeman & Finch is the benchmark for the 2000s. This top tier (but casual) gastropub changed the city's dining landscape, and its limited edition 10pm double cheeseburger is the stuff of legends.
There is nothing quite like catching a ballgame, and the Braves are once again playing like the Braves of old. Turner Field is as classic a setting as you'll find among modern ball parks. With seats priced as low as $6, there's no reason not to catch ballgame while you're in town.
A pizza place? In Atlanta's top 10 experiences? Correct. Antico changed Atlanta's pizza landscape when it debuted in 2009, and hasn't skipped a beat. You eat in the kitchen, you sit by strangers, and you bring your own booze. The pizza tastes like the pizza you imagine when you daydream about Italy.